The Chairman of the Lebanese community in Kano, Tahir Fadallah, has initiated N10 billion lawsuit against an Abuja based newspaper, Leadership, for allegedly defaming him in a report over the arms cache discovered at a building in Kano.
Mr. Fadallahi cited a news report of Leadership newspaper published on May 31, 2013, with a headline: “Owners of Amigo Stores, Tahir Guest Palace arrested”.
Mr. Fadallah also included his hotel, Tahir Guest palace as a co-plaintiff at a Kano High Court.
He sued the newspaper alongside one Baba El-Nafaty as defendants.
The writ of summons and statement of claims filed by Mr. Fadallah’s lawyer, Ahmad Raji, stated that the publication in question is ”malicious and damaging to the hard earned reputation of the plaintiffs.”
Following the report, the Lebanese Consular office in Kano issued a statement signed by its Acting Consulate, Khalil Musliman, stating that one of the suspects arrested in connection with the discovery is not a Lebanese, but a Sierra Leonean citizen named Abdul Hassan Taheer.
In the suit, Mr. Fadallah is asking the court for an injunction restraining “the defendants or their agents from further publishing any defamatory words against the reputation of the plaintiffs and a 100 Million Naira cost of litigation in addition to the N10 billion damages sought.”
The Lebanese community has been in the spotlight after the discovery of a large cache of weapons concealed in the home of one of its prominent members who owns a supermarket in Abuja.
Other members of the community were also arrested in connection with the crime.